A Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies, and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment by John PrestonBehind oak-panelled doors in the House of Commons, men with cut-glass accents and gold signet rings are conspiring to murder. Its the late 1960s and homosexuality has only just been legalised, and Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal party, has a secret hes desperate to hide. As long as Norman Scott, his beautiful, unstable lover is around, Thorpes brilliant career is at risk. With the help of his fellow politicians, Thorpe schemes, deceives, embezzles - until he can see only one way to silence Scott for good.
The trial of Jeremy Thorpe changed our society forever: it was the moment the British public discovered the truth about its political class. Illuminating the darkest secrets of the Establishment, the Thorpe affair revealed such breath-taking deceit and corruption in an entire section of British society that, at the time, hardly anyone dared believe it could be true.
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Sign in. Although Norman's would-be killer is caught, Jeremy continues to deny any involvement in the plot, but soon discovers that he cannot escape the past. As Jeremy's political career gains ground, he becomes determined to bring his plan to fruition and get rid of Norman for good. Get a quick look at the the week's trailers, including Villains , Countdown , Like a Boss , and more. Watch now.
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In the U. The excellent and thought-provoking but quite fun three-episode series spans a decade. Written by Russell T. In the late s, British politician and former leader of the Liberal party Jeremy Thorpe Grant was at the center of a scandal when Norman Scott Whishaw went public about an alleged affair with him in the early 60s, when homosexuality was illegal in Britain it was decriminalized in For nearly a decade, Thorpe used his power to prevent the press from leaking any information about what happened.
By Dominic Patten. Led by a once again cracking Hugh Grant as the once pivotal and then disgraced UK politician, and Ben Whishaw as the former male model and the inamorato Thorpe tried to have killed in the late s, the June launching limited series would have been a surefire Emmy contender for its top actors if it had come out earlier, as I say in my video review above. As it is, because the true events it so deftly depicts are largely unknown to American audiences, the three-part A Very English Scandal will make for very satisfying mini-binge on Friday night or this weekend — and would be a crime to be ignored by TV Academy voters next year. While Thorpe was ultimately found not guilty, Grant grimaces, growls and grandly takes this potential comedy of errors, which has already aired in the UK, beyond nonfiction farce to true tragedy with heartfelt candor over broken souls, a broken system, and a love that sadly could not and would speak its name. Subscribe to Deadline Breaking News Alerts and keep your inbox happy. All Rights reserved. You will be redirected back to your article in seconds.
A s American political scandal seemed to balloon in volume yet shrink in significance, here was an episode from history where compromised politicians faced consequences and a nation reacted reliably. But Norman Scott dodged the bullet unlike his poor dog and sought public vengeance. This could all have been heavy weather, righteous on murder or civil rights, or a schlocky murder caper. But Davies and director Stephen Frears rejected that dour approach. Instead, they embraced the anarchic queerness — and great writing — that also made Killing Eve so addictive. Hugh Grant provided a great deal of that pleasure as the reptilian Thorpe, whose rolled consonants descended like clammy fingers on your shoulder.